Apoptosis, or programmed cell death, is a normal component of the development and health of multicellular organisms (Us). Cells die in response to a variety of stimuli and during apoptosis they do so in a controlled, regulated fashion. This makes apoptosis distinct from another form of cell death called necrosis in which uncontrolled cell death leads to lysis of cells, inflammatory responses and, potentially, to serious health problems. Apoptosis, by contrast, is a process in which cells play an active role in their own death (which is why apoptosis is often referred to as cell suicide).
Between 50 and 70 billion cells die each day due to apoptosis in the average human adult! That’s 50-70 BILLION!
So scientifically speaking, we have proof that we have died and are reborn each and every single day. Or at least 50-70 billion little pieces of us did!
But just like new cells are born and old ones die, new thoughts and feelings arise as old ones perish. These are opportunities for us to see this day unlike any other. It truly is not like any other day before or will be again.
Having this awareness I think, allows us to accept impermanence- no, embrace impermanence and drink in the gift of this new day being born.
Smile to yourself, you did it! You died yesterday, and were born again today. How wonderful!
What will you do with this gift? This moment is alive with endless possibilities and opportunities.
How will you love yourself, and share that love with others? What good will you do for a friend or neighbor, or even a stranger?
How will you treat your body today? Will you be mindful in your words and actions?
It is all available to each one of us to make today the most special day of our lives.
Please do not miss this chance, and live fully and compassionately.
May you be well, happy and peaceful.
“There is no returning on the road of life. The frail bridge of time on which we tread sinks back into eternity at every step we take. The past is gone from us forever. It is gathered in and garnered. It belongs to us no more. No single word can ever be unspoken; no single step retraced. Therefore it beseems us as true knights to prick on bravely, not idly weep because we cannot now recall.
“A new life begins for us with every second. Let us go forward joyously to meet it. We must press on whether we will or no, and we shall walk better with our eyes before us than with them ever cast behind.”
~ Jerome K Jerome